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US to enforce federal law against recreational ganja use

Published:Friday | February 24, 2017 | 2:29 AM
White House press secretary Sean Spicer speaks during a daily press briefing at the White House in Washington, on Thursday.

The US Justice Department is to intensify the enforcement of the federal law against the use of ganja for recreational purposes.

While not offering details, White House spokesman Sean Spicer made the declaration of the Trump administration even though the majority of Americans believe ganja should be legal.

President Donald Trump does not oppose medical marijuana, but Spicer says that’s not the same as using the weed for recreational purposes.

A renewed focus on recreational marijuana in states that have legalised it would contradict statements by the Trump administration that it is in favour of states' rights.

Enforcement would also shift from the marijuana policy under the Obama administration.

In 2013, the Obama government said it would not intervene in state's marijuana laws as long as they keep the drug from crossing their borders and away from children and drug cartels.